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Guilderland Chamber promotes local business

— What does a chamber do? The Guilderland Chamber’s annual events are geared to highlight local businesses; through restaurant weeks, holiday gift guides, business expos, our Souped Up on Guilderland and Ladies Night Out, and the chamber annual business awards. Coming Up:

Guilderland Restaurant Week, July 21-27

Restaurants are feeling the upswing in the economy locally, with 11 independently owned restaurants participating so far in the Annual Guilderland Restaurant Week. People are spending money a little easier, and with the $20.13 price tag, are getting a bargain at these dining hot spots.

Worth an extra mention, The Cider House Restaurant at Orchard Creek Golf Course in Altamont and Siver Hills Restaurant at Pinehaven Country Club are participating this summer. Both are open to the public and have fantastic food, but many people don’t know that because they are a little off the beaten path. Both feature exceptional food and experienced chefs, and the views from the dining rooms are so worth the few extra minutes.

Athos Greek Restaurant, Mezza Notte Ristorante, Barcelona, Sage Bistro, Mio Vino Wine Bar and Bistro, Peaches Café, Provence, Tesoro Italian restaurant, and J & A Prep Kitchen at Crossgates are all in and gearing up for a busy week, as well. These places are an international food tour without leaving Guilderland.

What’s after Restaurant Week? 

The Chamber does a few larger networking events this summer like our Golf Mixer at Shaker Ridge Country Club with four chambers Aug. 7, and three-chamber breakfast with guest speaker Richard Cooper from the U.S. Chambers of Commerce Aug. 13.  Fall programming includes monthly member breakfasts, women’s business coffee group, business assistance with health care reform, and Souped Up on Guilderland restaurant cook off and car show that brings 500 people together, and Ladies Night Out Health and Wellness Expo with 350 women in attendance. More info can be found at www.guilderlandchamber.com.

The Chamber partners with community groups and helps coordinate community events so that the small business owner can participate without having to do all the work; the Chamber makes it easy. Members enjoy a good relationship with Kathy Burbank and Erika Gauthier, the two full-time staffers at the chamber. Both have been there for years and know their members very well.

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